Sharing is an important life skill and virtue. It’s something toddlers and children need to learn so they can make and keep friends, and play cooperatively. Once your child starts having playdates and going to child care, preschool or a nursery, he or she will need to be able to share with others and understand the importance of sharing.
To cultivate and encourage this skill at home, a few activities that can be followed are:
- Building blocks together, share the blocks out and rotate coloured blocks
- Reading a story – take turns to turn the page
- Paint a picture together, encourage sharing resources and communication of what the picture could become (team work)
- Pass, roll and throw the ball – reinforce that sometimes we have to wait for our turn
- Role-play games – encourage the children to model good sharing and communication skills